Open Educational Resources (OER)

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What are OERs?

Open Educational Resources (OERs) are educational materials that include permission for anyone to use, modify and share at no cost. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation provides the following definition

“Open Educational Resources are teaching, learning and research materials in any medium – digital or otherwise – that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions.”

The 5 Rs of OER

OER materials give you 5 rights that make them better than other class materials.

Retain - Make and own copies

Reuse - Use in a wide range of ways

Revise - Adapt, modify, and improve

Remix - Combine two or more

Redistribute - Share with others

Librarians Can Help!

The NWTC Library staff are happy to help you find OER materials for your courses.

Please send an email to Julie Chapman or call her at 920-498-5490.

It helps if you can identify the following information:

  • Class name
  • Competencies that you are trying to teach with OER materials
  • What type of material are you most interested in finding?  Full replacement textbook, individual chapters for specific competencies, learning objects, video content, etc.
  • Are you OK with a combination of OER, free resources from the web, and library-supplied resources?  Or do you want only OER materials? 

The Library staff will pull together materials that you can review for use in your classes.

OER Search Engines

Open Education Tutorial

Take an open, self-paced, introductory course on using open educational content in your teaching:

Introduction to Open Educational Resources 

Taught by Dr. Judy Baker of Foothill College